Our research produces a theoretic model offering insight into a comprehesive process of influences to business student ethical decision making, and its implications for the purposeful moral development. The resulting model reveals five major categories found within this process: internalized ideals and beliefs, institutional expectations, influential stakeholders, university experiences, and academic context. Implications suggest the need for a comprehensive university plan of student development engagement by leveraging all aspects of university experience (academic, job, service, and social contexts). Recommendations include the active involvement of external agencies like business in the development process, and the integration of the student body in limited institutional rule making and policy.
Published Spring 2013 in Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies. Read article at http://ejbo.jyu.fi/